Former Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos, who was sentenced to 14 days in jail for lying to the FBI, appeared Tuesday on Fox News’ “Hannity” to admit that in the “chaotic moment,” he made a mistake.
Joined by his wife, who Papadopoulos called a “real killer” in her spirited defense of him, the former Trump aide explained that he was in London to help the campaign establish better relationships with Russia and “randomly” meets Russia-connected Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud.
Papadopoulos said he didn’t know what Mifsud’s purpose was, but he described it as “incredible shady.” Citing the man’s lawyer, he left open the possibility that Mifsud was working on behalf of somebody else.
He admitted that he “did consciously lie” to the FBI during a January 2017 interview that was part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Hannity asked him why he lied, if he knew of any illegal activity.
“All I can say about this I didn’t plead guilty to collusion, I pled guilty to lying,” replied Papadopoulos.
Pressing, Hannity again asked him why he lied and if he was trying to protect anybody.
“Looking back, it was a chaotic moment and sometimes you make mistakes, that’s all I can say,” Papadopoulos answered.
His wife weighed in on what she learned about the professor, which included that he was a contributor to the Clinton Foundation.
It was in London that Papadopoulos also met former Australian diplomat Alexander Downer.
Papadopoulos, who told Hannnity it felt like a bomb was dropped on him, said he was so suspicious of what was going on that he notified the FBI that he suspected Downer was illegally recording their conversations.
As for whether he was set up, Papadopoulos tweeted that is was “laughable” to think their meeting was random.
“The notion that Downer randomly reached out to me just to have a gin and tonic is laughable. Some organization or entity sent him to meet me,” he tweeted. “For the sake of our republic and the integrity of this investigation, I think it’s time Downer is as exposed as Christoper Steele.”
The former Australian foreign minister also has connections to the Clintons, having arrange one of the largest foreign donations ever to the Clinton Foundation to fight AIDS — $25 million, according to The Hill.
Not lost on the matter is the fact that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee financed former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the unverified and largely unfounded dossier on Trump that led to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
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